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Book a private local trip with friends, family members or co-workers and your trip is complimentary!

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  for details on any trip or summer camp.

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 Local Calendar of Events

September 3rd and 15th Whales and Wildlife Kayak~ Moss Landing Departure  More Info

(upcoming dates: September 3rd and 15th, open to anyone 14 years or older)

or book a private tour with 4 or more of your friends, email kim for details at: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com



October 6th A Sparkling Night on the Water Bioluminsecence Night Paddles in Elkhorn Slough More Info

(upcoming dates: August 11th (women) and October 6th)



Seal and Sea Otter Watch By Kayak~Elkhorn Slough More Info

(check back mid September for our upcoming Fall~Winter~Spring Season)


We are offering a series of outdoor adventures for women ~ whale watching ~ kayaking.


10 Day Baja Whale Camp /Sea of Cortez Kayak Camp~ Snorkel

A Desert to Sea Adventure Extraordinare

Introducing our New Whale Camp Location in a Gray Whale Nursery Area!

February 23rd-March 4th, 2019


Get a group of friends or co-workers together and book a Private Trip

Teachers, bring your students on a naturalist-led School Field Trip


 Summer Camps 2018


Sierra Wilderness Kayak Camp

August 5th-9th, 2018 $600

Designed for Youth Ages 10-14 

Our Sierra Wilderness Kayak Camp is based at Loon Lake near  the western edge of  Desolation Wilderness
(between Placerville and Tahoe).  At 6500'  elevation
Loon Lake has a beautiful granite shoreline, clear water and  
many islands to explore.  It offers great day hiking and fabulous  
swimming. As always, Blue Water Ventures emphasizes team work, a sense  
of adventure and an appreciation of the natural world.  Packing up your  
own kayak and heading out to a wilderness site is exciting!

       (Space is limted to 16 campers; reserve early!)


Marine Extreme Exporation Camp
Kayaking, Tidepooling, Kelp Beds and Rivers

Call for Details $295

  Designed for Youth Ages 10-13


Scroll down to learn more about our Local Naturalist-Led Trips and

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Trip Descriptions


Winged Migration and Moon Rise By Kayak, Elkhorn Slough  
Come ride the tide from Kirby Park to the Coast!   A steady ebb flow will carry us past slumbering seals and sea otters as we make our way
to  North Moss Landing Harbor. This is another great trip for beginners and/or those who enjoy wildlife sightings. We'll stop for an early
dinner  at the Sea Harvest Restaurant as a full moon rises over the
Slough (Full day;  timing varies with tides and  option to join us at  
                                   restaurant; $20 van shuttle included; dinner on  own).                                

      6-7 hours; $80 time varies with tides


Extreme Tidepooling, Forage and Beachcomb
Hope you can join us for a day of exploring the rocky intertidal coast. We'll gather for coffee at the Whale City Bakery in Davenport Landing (10 minutes north of Santa Cruz). From there, we'll caravan to Davenport Landing to join

your Blue Water naturalist as we explore the tidepools. Wetsuits are recommended to really "experience" the coast. We'll harvest some mussels to cook right on the beach . Group size is limited to 14.

$50 with wetsuit; $42 if you bring your own wetsuit 5 hours; time varies with tides Watch Our Go Extreme! Video

Seals and Sea Otter Watch By Kayak: Elkhorn Slough
Sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and an array of migratory birds makes the protected
water of Elkhorn Slough our most popular sea kayaking destination.
We'll explore the Slough's tidal creeks learning about it's unique ecology
and stop for a picnic on shore. During whale migration, we'll include a hike out to the beach in search of whales.This is an ideal trip for wildlife enthusiast and those new to the sport of kayaking.

9:30am-2:00pm $70;  9:30-3:30pm $80

Full moon   and Bioluminescence excursions in the Slough are also available: $68



Photo by Chris Loose
Whales and Wildlife Kayak to Brunch
Join us for a morning paddle in search of mama Gray Whales with their plump babies in tow. During their spring migration to Alaska, mother and calf pairs travel close to shore through our coastal waters. Leaving from Santa Cruz harbor we'll search for whales and other marine mammals. After our morning paddle let's gather at Aldos for brunch on their outdoor patio above the harbor (brunch on own)

9:00am-2:30pm $70

Watch our Video: Santa Cruz Whale WatchingBy Margo Dean Productions

Adventure Paddle and Exploration of the Kelp Forest

Join our naturalist for an an eye level experience with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Using sit on top kayaks slide into our amazing bay and take a look at the kelp forest using goggles or a mask and snorkel. If you prefer to stay dry simply glide above the forest canopy on the maneuverable sit on top kayaks searching for sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and sea birds. Destinations include Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary via Santa Cruz Harbor and Cannery Row. We'll gather for brunch afterwards to reflect on our adventure (brunch is on your own)

9:00am-2:30pm $75

Full Moon Paddle, Picnic and Tide Pools: Pillar Point Harbor

Spend a leisurely evening with a naturalist, kayaking in the protected harbor of
Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. Cormorants, pelicans, terns and harbor
seals join us for our evening paddle. Across the harbor we can beach comb, explore
tidepools at a minus tide and have a shore picnic before paddling back as a full moon rises over the harbor.
Great trip for beginners and those interested in coastal ecology
4-5 hours; time varies with tides $75

Watch:  Boats Away! Kayaking Pillar Point By Margo Dean Productions

Tomales Bay by Kayak
Nestled in Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay is an amazing wetland to explore by kayak. Bat rays, leopard sharks, white pelicans and harbor seals live in this protected waterway. We'll have a leisurely paddle and stop along one of the pristine coves that were once used by the Coast Miwok, The Native Americans of this region.
10:30am-4:00pm $95

Kayak Skills and Safety Clinic, Pillar Point Harbor: Half Moon Bay or Elkhorn Slough
Sea Kayaking skills, safety, assisted and self rescues are taught during this fun and
wet day! Class size limited to six women. Certificate cards issued upon completion of course

10:00am-4:00pm $95     


Coast Redwood Kayak and Barbecue for Women
Tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Loch Lomond Reservoir offers a refreshing summer retreat to explore by sea kayak. Join us as we paddle below towering redwoods and search for Osprey, Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Deer and other mountain residents. After kayaking, we'll set up the barbecue near the lake's shore so bring something to grill and drink. We'll supply snacks and salads.

10:00am-4:00pm $75

Family Social Paddle In Sausalito
Join us for a relaxing day on the water!  We'll kayak along Sausalito's scenic
waterfront and through historic Richardson Bay with sweeping views of San Francisco,
The Golden Gate Bridge,  Alcatraz and Angel Island.  Our destination is the Paradise Bay
Restaurant in Sausalito where we'll have a meal before paddling back
                      (guided kayaking trip included; dinner on own).

            10:30am-3:30pm $85


Reminder: Book a private local kayaking event with friends,
family or coworkers and your trip is complimentary!
Gift Certificates are always available